Culture Ministry to hold Buddhism Promotion Week

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BANGKOK, 12 July 2011  – The Ministry of Culture has invited Buddhists to practice dhamma upon the Asalha Puja Day and the Buddhist Lent Day while the ministry and related organisations will be arranging the Buddhism Promotion Week from 13 to 15 July 2011. 

According to Religious Affairs Department Director-General Sod Daeng-Ied, his department and Buddhism related networks will jointly organise the Buddhism Promotion Week in both Bangkok and other provinces to celebrate the Asalha Puja Day which falls on this Friday and the Buddhist Lent Day on Saturday.

The major event in Bangkok will be held at Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan, featuring alms giving, offering of bathing robes to monks, sermons, candle-lit or wien-thien processions, Buddhist proclamation and others.

In addition, there will be ceremonies to present big Lenten candles to nine royal temples in Bangkok. Cultural Offices and temples in Bangkok as well as provincial administrations nationwide will also arrange activities to mark the Asalha Puja Day and the Buddhist Lent Day.

Upon the upcoming religious events, Buddhists hence are encouraged to practice dhamma, refrain from all vices and do good deeds as tributes to the Buddha as well as to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.